I recently created an article on the top 10 best headphones for podcasting, but are good headphones important when creating a podcast? Find out in this episode.
Are good headphones important for recording your podcast? I recently did an article on the 10 best podcasting headphones over at podcastfast.com/24. And there, I listed the top 5 headphones that I recommend. As well as some best in class headphones, like the best cheapest headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones, the most comfortable headphones, etc. But it got me asking the question, “Is it actually important to have good headphones when you’re doing your podcasting?”
I’ve got a great pair of headphones that I’m wearing right now that you’ll be able to see if you’re on Youtube. And they’re the Audio Technica ATH-M50X, which are a great pair of headphones, extremely comfortable and deliver great quality sound. Before that, I actually had – I’ll just show you, I had some Beats here.
I got the Solo Beats, which I didn’t really like. They were just too pressing on my ears and just really uncomfortable. Actually, you might not believe it, but most of the time, when I’m podcasting, I just use these bad boys and these are the Apple earpods. So that’s kind of my podcast headphones that I use.
Back to the question, “Is it important to have good headphones when podcasting?” Well, if you’re a professional podcaster and you do a lot of podcasting and good quality sound is important to you. Like, you’ve bought a high quality microphone, you’ve got a pop filter. Maybe running through a mixer or an audio interface or something like that, if you’re a professional podcaster really focused on high quality sound, like creme de la crop of quality sound, then you’re going to want some good headphones because you need to understand whether or not the sound is going to be good.
For me, I bang out a lot of different podcast that aren’t super high quality in terms of the sound. My sound quality is good, but it’s not phenomenal. And in terms of editing, I don’t do a lot of editing or post-production to my sound. So for me, what I use my good quality headphones for is basically, I will put them on when I’m setting up to record for the day or whenever I’m changing settings.
So right now, I’m filming a video so I’ve got the gain on my microphone a little bit higher than when I would podcast usually without a video because when I podcast without a video, I would turn the gain down, I would move closer the podcast. Let me just turn the gain down. So I’d move closer to the podcast because you’re just going to get a better sound. There’s going to be less background noise.
So what I will do is I’ll put my headphones on, I’ll plug them into my USB microphone, which is the Blue Yeti and I’ll adjust the gain. I’ll adjust my distance from it and just make sure that it sounds right. Often, I’ll turn the volume up extremely loud in my own ears. That way, I can just really get an understanding of whether or not the sound is going to be too high or not and then I can go ahead and adjust the gain. But usually, I leave the sound somewhere around the middle.
So, are good quality headphones important? Not really. I don’t think they’re hyper important for your average podcaster. Because rather than doing this, I could basically achieve the same thing with my Apple Earpods. So let me just get them and let me see the sound difference when I plug these in and I’ll let you know how it goes. Because this is something I haven’t actually really tested on the fly. Okay. So let’s turn this all the way up.
I can still hear the background noise through these headphones, just not as well. I guess the highs of voice are a bit more annoying in these headphones that they would be in my high quality ATH-M50X, but the job can still be done. You can pickup a pair of these Apple earpods for $13 or $14 on Amazon. They’re not very expensive and they give a pretty good quality sound.
I think if you’re a professional podcaster, you’re going to want to get a pair of high end headphones. The ATH-M50X is somewhere around $160 or $170. I spent $120 on my Blue Yeti. If you’re going to spend $120 on a good microphone, you may as well go ahead and spend the same sort of money on good headphones if you’ve got the money and you’re a professional podcaster.
If you’ve only got $100 or $120 and you’ve got the option of buying some great headphones or buying a great microphone, then I would choose the great microphone any day of the week and use the Apple Earpods with them. You’re going to get a better quality sound editing and recording with the Apple Earpods if you’ve got a good microphone than if you got these great headphones, but you’ve got a really dodgy microphone.
So, podcasting headphones, if you’re serious about it, go ahead and get it. You’re going to want to get a pair that is comfortable for you. These ATH-M50X, I got them because great reviews, not very expensive and the cups are extremely large on these and supple and soft, which I love. So I can wear these for a decent period of time without my ears getting sore. My ears get sore and hot quite easily. Some people wear them for hours.
I can probably go an hour in these before my head starts hurting. Whereas, with the Beats Solo, the clamping force on these was just intense and my ears would start hurting after 10 or 15 minutes. And so, these were a no go for me when it came to podcasting headphones.
So you’re going to want to get headphones that are very comfortable so you can wear them while you’re recording, which may be an hour or ever more. And then also, if you’re editing the podcast, they’re going to need to be comfortable if you’re going to be doing editing because that can extend even further beyond an hour. So you could potentially be wearing these for hours at a time. And sometimes, I’ll switch between my good headphones and the Earpods just to give my ears a break. But what you do is really up to you.
I recommend getting a good pair of headphones that’s comfortable. And also, when you’re getting a pair of headphones, you want the sound to be as life-like as possible when you’re hearing your own voice. The Beats Solo will add a lot of bass-y end of things. I’m not great at understanding sound. I don’t have that sort of – you know the musicians, they really understand sound and they can tell the difference. I’m not that good at that, but the Beats would definitely add more bass. You’re not going to get as natural sound.
The Audio Technica will get you a lot closer to the sound of your actual voice. The ones up from this, which is the M70X are even better than the M50X, but I’ve already got these. I couldn’t be bothered upgrading, it’s not really worth it for me because these are still a great pair of headphones.
If you want to see the headphones that I recommend, go ahead and go to podcastfast.com/24 and you can see the best podcasting headphones over there. You can go through and you can choose the headphones that suit your needs best. When it comes to the question, “Do you need high quality headphones in order to create a podcast?” The answer is, “No, you don’t need them.”
You can run with something cheap like the Apple Earpods. But if high sound quality if of importance to you and you’ve invested in a microphone, you’ve invested maybe in an audio interface or in a mixer, then you’re going to want to get some high quality headphones just to make sure that the sound you’re producing is good quality sound.
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